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Publication numberUS3124356 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 10, 1964
Filing dateSep 26, 1961
Publication numberUS 3124356 A, US 3124356A, US-A-3124356, US3124356 A, US3124356A
InventorsJohn W. Chordas
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Magnetic game and magnetic game piece
US 3124356 A
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Mardi 10, 1964 J. w. cHoRDAs MAGNETIC GAME AND MAGNETIC GAME PIECE Filed Sept. 26, 1961 EASE-BALL 1N V EN TOR. John W. Cho/*das ATTORNEY:

United States Patent G 3,124,356 MAGNETIC GAME AND MAGNETIC GAME PIECE .lohn W. Chordas, 2812 S. Schenley, Youngstown, Ohio Filed Sept. 26, 1961, Ser. No. 140,773 3 Claims. (Cl. 273-93) This invention relates a game and more particularly to a game in which a game board formed of ferrous metal and a game piece including magnets is played thereon for determining the progress of the game.

The principal object of the invention is the provision of a game board and a magnetic game piece in which the actions `and progress of the game are controlled by the skillful handling of the magnetic game piece.

A further object of the invention is the provision of a magnetic game piece in which the skill of manipulating the game piece may be compared to the skill of throwing a jack knife to direct the blade thereof downwardly into the ground.

A still further object of the invention is the provision of a magnetic game piece comprising an irregular shaped member equipped with permanent magnets at several points thereon.

The game and magnetic game piece disclosed herein comprise an interesting and attractive game which may be played by one or more people taking turns in manipulating the magnetic game piece on a ferrous metal ygame board which is preferably lithographed to represent a baseball diamond. The players toss or throw the magnetic game piece in yan attempt to position it in certain desirable positions on the gameboard where magnets in the game piece hold the same in position in which it falls. A chart illustrates the several alternate positions in which the game piece may fall or land on the game board and these positions are keyed to the action of the game. When the game comprises a simulated baseball game the position of the game piece to achieve indicates a home run.

With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear `as the description proceeds, the invention resides in the combination and arrangement of parts and in the details o-f construction herei-nafter described and claimed, it being the intention to cover all changes and modifications of the example of the invention herein chosen for purposes of the disclosure, which do not constitute departures from the spirit and scope of the invention.

The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing, wherein:

FIGURE 1 is a plan view of the game board.

FIGURE -2 is an enlarged plan view of the magnetic game piece.

FIGURE 3 is an end view thereof.

FIGURE 4 is an opposite end view thereof.

FIGURE 5 is an enlarged view of a position indicator used on the game board of FIGURE l.

By referring to the drawings and FIGURE l in particular, it lwill be seen that a game board is disclosed which comprises a sheet of ferrous metal such as steel which is lithographed or otherwise decorated to picture a desired game such -as a baseball diamond 11. The game board may and preferably does include pictorial representations of the bleachers 12, the outfield 13 land the dugonts 14 and 15, all as found in a baseball stadium. The baseball diamond itself includes a home plate 16, rst base 17, second base 18, third base 19 and pitchers mound 20.

The game board includes a chart 21 including instructions for playing the game and more importantly a series of pictures representing an irregularly shaped magnetic game piece which is indicated in the chart 21 by the letters A through F.

Still referring Ito FIGURE l, it Will be observed that the h.ce

game board also includes a movable register 22 which may be turned to indicate the number of outs. The game board also includes a score keeping section 23 `and this sect-ion may comprise removable paper score sheets if desired.

By referring to FIGURES 2, 3 and 4 of the drawings, it will be seen that a magnetic game piece is disclosed in enlarged detail relative to the game board. The game piece comprises an elongated body member 24 having an angular portion 2S -at one of its ends and a right angular extension 26 intermediate its ends. Sections of permanent magnetic material are attached to the game piece as follows: a large 'section of magnetic material 27 is attached to a ilat surface of the member 24 at a point directly opposite the right angular extension 26. A somewhat smaller section of permanent magnetic material 28 is attached to the end of the member 24 closest to the right angular extension 26. A similar sized section of magnetic material 29 is attached to the end of the right angular extension 26 and a somewhat smaller section of magnetic material 30 is attached to the angular end portion 25 of the member 24. Details of the shape and arrangement of these :magnetic members may be seen by referring to FIG- URES 3 and 4 of the drawings in conjunction with FIG- URE 2.

The magnetic material employed may comprise any suitable permanent magnetic material a-nd one such material has been found particularly suitable and comprises a rubber-like resin having a high percentage of magnetized iron particles therein which forms la somewhat yieldable surface retaining a high degree of magnet-ic attraction. Other permanent mag-nets such as the Well known Alnico may obviously be employed.

In order to follow the game, figures of players as illustrated in FIGURE 5 and indicated by the numeral 31 may be and preferably are employed. The ligures 31 are positioned on bases 32 which may be magnetic if desired. In playing the game, the general rules of baseball are followed insofar as possible and the magnetic game piece is thrown or tossed so that it turns in the air over the game board so that it lands on the game board in la desired position. For example, if it lands with the magnetic piece 27 down and remains in position with the right angular projection 26- perpendicular, the chart 21 indicates that the player walks. If the game piece lands on the magnetic pieces 29 and 3i)1 a single results and the corresponding players piece 31 is moved to first base and so on through the variations possible with the game piece. It will be observed that when the magnetic game piece stands vertically on the magnet 28 with the right angular projection 26 horizontally -disposed which is the most diflicult position for the game piece to assume, the resulting play is a home run. The players iigures 31 are moved about the game board keeping track of the action, the scores are posted and the outs are counted .and a part of the register 22 moved to indicate the same. A player continues to play until he has three outs whereupon the next player proceeds to play. It should be understood that an out is scored by the player when the game piece illustrated in FIGURES 2, 3 and 4 assumes any position other than the five scoring positions indicated at A, B, C, D, E in the chart, and it will therefore be understood that when a player gets three outs he loses the player piece to the other player or next player as the case may be.

It will be seen that a novel and entertaining game has been disclosed with an unusual game piece which is handled in a manner requiring a considerable degree of skill to play and it will be recognized that those proficient in the game of mumblety-peg will be equally proficient in the present game.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim is:

1. A game of skill comprising in combination a ferrous metal game board and a game piece comprising a rodlike member having a right angular rod-like extension inwardly from its ends, a permanent magnet aixed to each of the end faces of said rod-like member and to the end yface of said rod-like extension and to the opposite side of said rod-like member with respect to said right angular extension, said game board carrying a representation of a game to be played and said game piece arranged to be positioned by chance on said game board in a plurality of alternate positions.

2. The `game set `forth in claim 1 and wherein the permanent magnets are resilient.

3. A ferrous metal game board and a game piece comprising an elongated rod-like member having a sideward i extending member thereon inwardly from one end thereof and wherein the opposite end of said elongated member is formed on an angle to the longitudinal axis of said member and wherein resilient permanent magnets are afixed to the end faces of said elongated member, the end face of said sidewardly extending member and to the side of said longitudinally extending member opposite said sidewardly projecting member.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,550,692 Gorman Aug. 25, 1925 1,659,468 Miller Feb. 14, 1928 2,330,951 Burmester et al Oct. 5, 1943 2,562,089 Fishlove July 24, 1951

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U.S. Classification273/239, 273/348.3, 273/317.6, 273/244.1, 446/137, 273/456
International ClassificationA63F7/06, A63F7/26, A63F7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F7/068
European ClassificationA63F7/06M